Paternal perspectives of the childbirth experience

Matern Child Nurs J. 1993 Jul-Sep;21(3):99-108.


This study examined the responses given by first-time fathers who were asked to describe their feelings about their childbirth experience. The fathers answered three open-ended questions about their feelings concerning labor and childbirth, and the paternal behaviors believed to be most useful to their wives during labor and delivery. Data from fathers who attended prenatal childbirth education classes were examined separately from fathers who did not attend. The findings indicated that for all fathers, regardless of prenatal preparation, the labor experience evoked generally positive responses in addition to a significant number of negative responses, while perceptions of the birth experience were primarily characterized by positive or very positive feelings. The results also indicated that the fathers perceived that they were most helpful to their partner during labor.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Communication
  • Educational Status
  • Fathers / education
  • Fathers / psychology*
  • Female
  • Helping Behavior
  • Humans
  • Labor, Obstetric / psychology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Paternal Behavior
  • Pregnancy
  • Role
  • Self Concept
  • Social Support